What characteristics would you want in an ideal Father?
- He would keep you fed, clothed, and sheltered.
- He would keep you safe (fight the bullies for you).
- He would love you. You could tell him everything. He would give you a feeling that he has everything in control. He could kiss your hurts and make them go away.
- He would “clean up after you,” get you out of trouble, and give you a way to stay out of trouble, making you feel wonderful about him and pretty good about yourself. (This probably required some discipline. Whom the father loveth, he chasteneth.)
- He would know your strengths and weaknesses, your likes and your dislikes, and he would direct you on the paths which would make you most successful and happy.
- He would have resources to which you would become heir.
- He would be respected and honored in his community. You would be proud to wear his name.
These characteristics were assembled from a brainstorming session with a class I taught. In the next post I will discuss how these needs correlate with Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs, 1997. online, web.utk.edu/ and how they are fulfilled by God, Our Father, as shown by his Jehovah names. If you agree with me that God created man (at some time and in some way), you will be amazed at his desire to take care of his masterpiece. My assumption (thesis) is that God created man and he created man with needs that He, himself, will fulfill. If you do not agree with my thesis, I believe you will still find the discussion stimulating.